Clive started with Wood Green in the summer of 2005. He joined the Charity having previously worked in local government, retail and insurance sectors. His career started though after having obtained a degree in music and consequently deciding that he should best exploit his musical talents by joining the Prison Service, in the central HR Department; it proved to be an interesting mix.
Clive initially joined the Charity as HR Director and progressed into a number of different roles. In January 2014 he was appointed CEO. His previous professional bias of people and community means that he is naturally suited to wanting to make an impact on the lives of people. He believes that Wood Green can improve the wellbeing of pets and people, because both are intrinsically linked.
Clive has an elderly cat, a Wood Green cat that he rehomed when he first started.
Director of Pet & Owner Support Services
Linda is an animal welfare specialist. She is fuelled by compassion, curiosity and a desire to empower people to improve the lives of pets and to help make the benefits of pets accessible to as many people as possible.
With a degree in Animal Behaviour and having completed the Courses on Animal Welfare, Science, Ethics and the Law (CAWSEL) with the University of Cambridge, Linda has built a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Animal Welfare Sector.
Working at Wood Green for over 15 years, she has enjoyed roles in Rehoming, Policy Development, Education and Community Fundraising. A particular highlight being having a key role in the development and introduction of the Charity’s Education programme in 2008.
Linda represents the Charity at a number of sector groups including the Canine and Feline Sector Group and the Pet Advertising Advisory Group – she is passionate about sharing the knowledge and experience of the Wood Green team in order to promote responsible pet ownership and the benefits that pets can bring to our lives.
Throughout her time at the charity, Linda has fostered many amazing pets – including puppies, elderly dogs, cats and kittens, as well as playing the role of Moggy Midwife many times, each foster pet helping her to learn more. She couldn’t bear to part with two particularly special
Director of Care & Veterinary Services
A qualified veterinary nurse, Vanessa joined Wood Green in 2000. In her current role she has overall responsibility for veterinary care within the Charity. Vanessa works alongside senior colleagues on a day to day basis to ensure high standards of animal care at our three sites.
Her family includes miniature labradoodle Tilly, who was adopted from Wood Green. Vanessa was heavily involved in the design and build of the new surgery at Godmanchester, opened in 2012. She’s immensely proud of the facility which gives the highest standard of veterinary treatment for animals in our care.
Director of Corporate Services
Ian is the Director of Corporate Services at Wood Green and has been in post since September 2017. He has over 20 years’ experience as a finance professional in the charity and public sector having worked for national and international organisations. Qualifying as an accountant in 1993 he went on to gain a Masters in Development Finance from the University of Manchester in 2000. Whilst Ian has continued to lead finance functions in most of his roles, he has also gained experience in leading other functions, such as IT, Facilities Management, Risk and Insurance, Procurement, Internal Audit, and HR.
Passionate about charities and their impact on society, this is his first role in an animal charity and he is using his experience to drive forward the corporate services at Wood Green. Ian is a pet lover, owning a cat called Freddie and a dog called Lily. In his spare time he follows Leicester City Football Club and enjoys cycling as well as travelling to exotic locations whenever possible.
Director of Marketing & Digital Engagement
Justin has approximately fifteen years’ experience of delivering digital projects and integrated marketing and communications strategies for a diverse range of organisations. This wealth of experience has given him a great understanding of working with a wide range of media and communication channels, working with key internal and external stakeholders to improve the experience of the brand whilst still ensuring charitable and marketing objectives are met showing clear returns on any investment made, be it financially or through increasing the impact the Charity makes.
Throughout a career in the not-for- profit sector (including Barnardo’s, The Girls’ Day School Trust, The Novas Scarman Group, The Roundhouse and the London Borough of Camden) Justin has successfully managed numerous successful organisation wide projects and developed and implemented many successful marketing strategies and plans.
Growing up in Cornwall with a father who owns livestock, Justin has always been around animals and he has continued this into his adult life with a houseful of beautiful pets. Justin has rehomed two cats from Wood Green (Mimi and Maurice), two fish who are known affectionately as the Benjamin’s and a hamster named Bee.
Director of People and Culture
Deborah joined the charity in June 2019, with over 25 years’ experience in senior Human Resources roles. She was previously an Independent HR Consultant and before that the Group Learning and Organisational Development Director with Costain Group plc.
Most of Deborah’s roles have been to support and implement change, both within the People team and the wider organisations. Her career has been notable for the number of different sectors that she has worked in; ranging from professional services and manufacturing, to engineering and retail. This has enabled her to bring that vast experience and network to her current role as Director of People and Culture at Wood Green.
In her current role at Wood Green, she is responsible for all people-centred matters and leads a directorate supporting 300 employees and nearly 1000 volunteers. She manages multiple areas including; Human Resources, Recruitment, Digital People Systems, Learning & Organisational Development, Wellbeing, Culture and the People Experience.
Deborah holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, from the University of West London and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), having previously studied at the Henley Business School.
Passionate about pets throughout her life, at home Deborah currently has four working Cockers (Cassie, Lou Lou, Skye and Prudence), two cats (Loki and Lily), chickens and a green tree python called Fluffy!